Ocasio-Cortez concentration camps Instagram remarks


AOC infuriates conservatives with ‘concentration camps’ remark

There was a back and forth on Twitter.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jun 18, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:22 am CDT

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is defending herself after comparing detention centers along the United States-Mexico border to “concentration camps.”

And everyone else is just freaking out.

Ocasio-Cortez first made the remarks on Monday during a live stream on Instagram.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding: “I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say… that ‘never again’ means something.”

The next morning, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out an Esquire article where an expert on the history of concentration camps compared the centers on the country’s southern border to them, adding that her definition of it was “mass detention of civilians without trial.”

The remarks caught the attention of some fellow House of Representatives colleagues.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) tweeted at the New York lawmaker, telling her to “learn some actual history.”

“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) also weighed in.

“.@AOC needs to stop trying to draw these crayon parallels between POTUS & Hitler! Try working WITH your colleagues on BOTH sides of the aisle to secure our border & fix this rather than desperately trying to promote mass hysteria w this disgusting & woefully false comparison,” he wrote.

The New York lawmaker then responded to Cheney’s criticism.

“Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to ‘educate me,’ I’m curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands [of] children at the border from their parents?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Cheney responded that she would be “happy to help educate” Ocasio-Cortez, tweeting a link to the book Night by Elie Wiesel, a memoir documenting his survival of the Holocaust.

Meanwhile, people tried to fact check both AOC and conservative criticism of her words. If you were ever waiting for Boer War Twitter, well, your time has come.

Then there’s whatever this tweet was.


Which caused the Auschwitz Muesum to weigh in.

As with anything online, people spent more time parsing the specific language of Ocasio-Cortez’s comments than the actual substance and sentiment she was expressing.

But that’s par for the course. 


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*First Published: Jun 18, 2019, 3:33 pm CDT